Are you at peace with who you are?
How often do you give up your peace because you wish we were someone else, or allow your peace to be stolen by focusing on all your negatives, shortcomings and fears? It’s a trap that many of us fall into and it’s usually because we allow ourselves to be convinced that we are less than who God says we are and our lives aren’t significant and of consequence.
We essentially haven’t learnt to celebrate who God has made us to be.
The bible says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body” (Proverbs 14:30)
Whereas focusing on imperfections, negative traits and the things we don’t like about ourselves and our lives will steal our peace. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27).
Yet how content and conditioned are we to live our lives without peace. Even if we do experience some level of peace, how often do we let go of it and allow it to be replaced with worries, concerns, striving, stress and negative thinking?
We may not be happy with certain aspects of our lives, but it pays to listen to what God says about the essentials of who we are, and what He says about us. He longs for us to accept His love and forgiveness and to know that He will perfect that which concerns us. He is faithful to complete what He has started in us and will work to bring out the best in us so that we can fulfil those things we were made for.
I’ve discovered that when we begin to take hold of and accept who God says we are, any wrong thinking, negativity, lack of self worth and fears start to fall away. We begin to be transformed as our thinking is renewed according to what God says about us. As a result our hearts are filled with peace, giving life to our whole body. Having peace like that is a great way to live. (Romans 12:2)
Today let your heart be filled with peace as you choose to listen and accept who God says you are. Fix your thoughts on Him and let His perfect peace fill your heart and mind. He thinks you’re amazing, significant and special and since He is the one who created you, He’d know?
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” (Psalm 138:8)
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)
Prayer: Lord I ask for your peace to fill my heart today. Please help me to listen and accept what you say about my life and to let go of any thinking, attitudes and concerns that would try to steal my peace today. In Jesus name Amen.